Friday, December 16, 2011

Don't Mess With the Old Man

Friday December 16 2010

For many years, Krusty had ruled the Owyhee roost as undisputed herd boss. After he retired from endurance, he went to live with some friends, doing the occasional limited distance endurance ride, and teaching the daughter to ride.

When he returned to Owyhee in April 2010, the gentle giant found himself at the bottom of the totem pole, shunned by everybody, chased by everybody; even my low-man Stormy chased him away from the hay.

But Krusty bided his time, and has worked his way up to one of the herd-boss positions again. Not only that, he has been seen playing! (I am quite sure Jose the Social Director is ultimately responsible for that.)

Today, the old man was quite playful, showing his big teeth, pinning his ears, backing up into his adversaries, threatening them with his big butt.

He took on Jose…

And then he took on Batman…

And then he took on Jose again.

Krusty, grand old herd boss, gave them What For and showed them just how fierce he can be. (If he really wanted to be.)


  1. ...if he really wanted to be. Very cute! Love the action shots.

  2. Once again, some great action pictures--the ones I always miss around here.

    Good for Krusty to have re-established himself at the top of the heap. Quite an accomplishment, but I do suspect he has a lot of experience in knowing how to dominate.

    I do so enjoy watching horses play. It shows they are happy, healthy, well fed, and content.

  3. What great personality shots! Go Krusty!

  4. Great blog! Why not come and post it at an Equine Social Blogging Network for more to follow.

  5. What a grand old horse. I remember his adventures with Steph back in the days. Glad to see him looking so fine.